Reports From Tanzania indicate that businesses in the country’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam have resumed after meteorological experts announced that Cyclone Jobo was no longer a big threat.
Dar es Salaam had braced itself for the wrath of the storm for the first time in since independence.
Tanzania’s meteorological Authority said in a statement released early Sunday April 25, “The situation was as a result of continued strong winds in the direction of Cyclone Jobo. Rain clouds that accompanied the cyclone have also spread to the sea and coastal areas of Tanzania and Mozambique.”
Records show only two other tropical cyclones have ever made it to the shores of Tanzania since the 19th century: the “Zanzibar Cyclone” of 1872 and Cyclone Lindi of 1952.
The two storms struck the nation 80 years and one day apart on April 14 and 15 of their years, respectively.
In 2019 Cyclones Idai and Kenneth battered neighboring Mozambique on back-to-back months.
Meanwhile, under similar panic, the Government of Zanzibar has suspended travel on the Indian ocean due to the impending landfall of Tropical Cyclone Jobo that is expected to hit Tanzania’s coastal line on April 25.
The anticipated tropical cyclone was set to hit Tanzania’s East Coast regions such as Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Pwani, Mtwara and Zanzibar.
Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) had earlier said Tropical Cyclone Jobo was expected to impact the country’s weather systems causing heavy rains, strong winds blowing at the speed of 60 Kilometers in an hour and waves especially in the coastal belt.
however, by Saturday evening, Meteorological experts said, Cyclone “Jobo” had weakened and was travelling at a speed of 18 KPH on the Indian Ocean.